Dynamo Face Controversy From All Sides
On the heels of the Houston Dynamo’s first loss of the season to the Seattle Sounders, the Dynamo find themselves facing multiple suspensions and a civil lawsuit. If you have been keeping up with our coverage of the Colin Clark incident, you should already know that Clark has been suspended for three games, was fined an undisclosed amount and will complete additional sensitivity training. It is now being reported that midfielder Adam Moffat will also be fined and suspended for one game for a reckless challenge on Sounders Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso in the 35th minute of the game.
Though the Dynamo made a great start to the season, their fantastic opening and the progress made to BBVA Compass Stadium has been overshadowed by continuous controversy. Dynamo Supporters Groups are still in a state of limbo while they fight for their rights at away games, and an incident which led to the arrest of two Houston Dynamo players in pre-season is coming back to haunt the club.
In pre-season goalkeeper Tyler Deric and draft pick Warren Creavalle were arrested outside of a nightclub in Houston. Warren Creavalle was accused of interfering with a public servant, while Tyler Deric has been accused of assaulting a public servant. The misdemeanor interference charges against Creavalle have since been dismissed. Currently, the charges against Tyler Deric are still pending. The two players attempted to get into a nightclub with a group of friends which included rookies Will Bruin and Alex Dixon. Bruin and Dixon were not arrested during the incident.
According to lawyers, the incident involving Tyler Deric and the off duty officer occurred when the players were turned away from the club, allegedly for having too many African-Americans in their group. Creavalle’s arrest is said to have been the result of taping “the beating of Tyler Deric.”
The officer involved in the dispute has since filed suit not only against Tyler Deric, but also against Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Will Bruin and The Houston Dynamo Organization. I spoke with Creavalle’s attorney, Paul Doyle on Thursday. When asked if the suit is expected to affect the players ability to travel with the team at any point, Mr. Doyle responded with a simple “no.” I also asked him if there have been any attempts made to settle and if there is any validity to the case. Mr. Doyle stated that “there is nothing to settle. He [Creavalle] didn’t do anything wrong. It’s a stick up … and a frivolous suit. There is absolutely zero validity to this case.”
We see the men in orange back on the pitch on April 15th when they take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park.